By Christopher Roberson
Twenty small-business owners and employees recently showcased their products and services at the Small Business Saturday Marketplace at the AOH Club on Lowell Street.
Rayane Neves of Growing Smile Pediatric Dentistry and Braces said she and her colleagues also host a Christmas party as well as other events throughout the year at their office on Lynnfield Street. “It’s a fun time for the kids,” said Neves during the Nov. 24 event.
Cath Fonzo, owner of Salvaged by Synchronicity, said her company, which she runs with her daughter Kasha, is focused on environmental sustainability. “Everything on our table is recycled, nothing is ever wasted,” said Cath, adding that they even sell jewelry made from cigar bands.
Pamela Day, owner of Young Living Essential Oils in Ipswich, has been in business for the past year and a half. She said all of her products are completely natural – coming from trees and other plants. In addition to her selection of oils, Day said she offers vitamin supplements. “There’s a big variety of products,” she said.
Megan Linehan has been a consultant for Pure Romance, a women’s sexual health company, since June. She said the company itself was established in 1993 and specializes in hosting events, such as birthday parties, bridal showers and bachelorette parties.
Lisa Bourgeois, a licensed massage therapist in Middleton, said she appreciates the opportunity to participate in the Small Business Saturday Marketplace. “It gives people an opportunity to meet me,” she said. Having been in business for one-and-a-half years, Bourgeois’s services include hot river stone massage, stretching and deep tissue massage.
According to its website, Small Business Saturday was launched in 2010 by American Express to “encourage people to shop small and bring more holiday shopping to small businesses.” The following year, a team of public officials and business owners came together to establish the Small Business Saturday Coalition. By 2013, approximately 1,400 people and organizations had signed up to be Neighborhood Champions in an effort to “rally their communities with events and activities on Small Business Saturday.”
Last year, the number of Neighborhood Champions had swelled to 7,200 nationwide. Since Small Business Saturday began, customers across the country have spent approximately $85 billion at small businesses.